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Norman Gifford

Norman Gifford - Line Dance Choreographer
United States
As a “single again” person in the late 1980’s, I turned to Country Western dancing and music as a way to re-enter the dating scene. I joined a local country dance club where I was privileged to take couples lessons from such greats as Dave Getty, Robert Royston, and Michelle Kinkaid along with other excellent local instructors.

The need for a safe, social environment in which to linedance led my wife & I to sponsor dances through the various Park & Recreation Districts where we taught. I became the DJ, and my wife took over the task of assisting beginners at the dances

In 1996, the need for new line dances that appealed to my students led me into linedance choreography. I have created over 200 linedances over the years and am thrilled at the success that “Burlesque” has garnered, including being a Crystal Boots Award nominee for Intermediate Dance of the Year in 2010. I was inspired to do the dance after watching the credits to the movie Burlesque where Cher sang the song “Welcome to Burlesque”. Reflecting back, I was also driven by the music to choreograph “Sway Me Now” in 2005 after seeing the movie “Shall We Dance?” with Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez. Other popular dances of mine include: "A Love Worth Waiting 4", "Behind Closed Doors", "A Country High", "A Kiss 4 Me" and "Aguardiente". In the Las Vegas Dance Explosion 2012 my dance "Amor de Rumba" placed 1st in the Beginner Division and "Amica Mia" placed 2nd in the Non-phrased Intermediate Division. In 2014, "Many Tears Ago" placed 2nd in the Beginner Division, and in 2015, "Going 2 Pot" placed 1st in the Phrased Intermediate Division. In 2014 my dance "Aguardiente" was voted the "Most Popular Dance of the Year" in Singapore. I have been published in Linedancer Magazine in both the First in Line and Steppin’ Off The Page sections and as a Crystal Boots Award nominee for Burlesque.

I have had the repeated privilege to be an invited instructor at the Pismo Beach Country Western Dance Festival, subsequently Clovis Western Days, Cambria Western Dance Festival, Central Coast Dance in Solvang, Boogie ‘til the Cows Come Home and have been the DJ for Scooter Lee’s “Dancing for the Dream” event in the Sacramento area from 2008 to present. In 2015 I was thrust into the role of being an Event Director hosting the annual OktoberWest line dance event in the Sacramento, CA area. I was the invited instructor to teach a special workshop in Mesa, AZ in January 2017.

Awarded World Champion status at UCWDC Worlds 2017 placing 1st in choreography competition in the Country Int/Adv division with the dance "A Country High". As a choreography competition winner in Las Vegas I was also invited to teach at the Las Vegas Dance Explosion in 2013 & 2016. My line dance choreography can also be found on other sites including and my personal web page at

Norman Gifford has choreographed 184 dances, of which 7 have been co-choreographed. Their first published stepsheet on CopperKnob is Language Of Love from October 2007, with their most recent stepsheet of 1-2-3 Tequilas in January 2024.

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1-2-3 Tequilas  Norman Gifford (USA) - January 2024

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: 3 Tequila Floor - Josiah Siska

Work Boots  Norman Gifford (USA) - October 2023

    32 Count    2 Wall    Improver   Music: Work Boots - Cody Johnson

Harden My Heart  Norman Gifford (USA) - July 2023

    64 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Harden My Heart - Quarterflash

Go Where The Lonely Go (fr)  Norman Gifford (USA) - D├ęcembre 2022

    32 Count    4 Wall    Novice / Intermediaire   Music: Where the Lonely Go - Texas Hill

Go Where The Lonely Go  Norman Gifford (USA) - December 2022

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver / Intermediate   Music: Where the Lonely Go - Texas Hill

A Single Word  Norman Gifford (USA) - October 2022

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate NC2S   Music: Words (feat. Dolly Parton) - Barry Gibb : (CD: Greenfields)

A Walkthrough  Norman Gifford (USA) - July 2022

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: What's It Gonna Take? - Van Morrison

Toe'n the Line  Norman Gifford (USA) - April 2022

    32 Count    4 Wall    Easy Improver   Music: Toeing the Line - Doc Wooten

A Song of Love  Norman Gifford (USA) - February 2022

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: You're My World - Bouke : (CD: A Song of Love)

An Angel 2 Me  Norman Gifford (USA) - January 2022

    48 Count    2 Wall    Improver   Music: You're Like An Angel To Me - Bouke

A Dirty Job  Norman Gifford (USA) & A. J. Herbert (USA) - December 2021

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Santa's Gotta Dirty Job - Rich Rowe

All We Need  Norman Gifford (USA) - September 2021

    32 Count    4 Wall    Absolute Beginner   Music: Someday - OneRepublic

Traveling Time  Norman Gifford (USA) - August 2021

    32 Count    2 Wall    Absolute Beginner   Music: Traveling Time - Jim Allen : (CD: If I Could)

A Viva la Vida (To Live The Life)  Norman Gifford (USA) - July 2021

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: Viva La Vida - Helene Fischer

Lost in Tears  Norman Gifford (USA) - April 2021

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Lost In Tears - Bouke

Build an Ark  Norman Gifford (USA) - January 2021

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver / Intermediate Samba style   Music: Build an Ark - Scooter Lee

Thangs  Norman Gifford (USA) - November 2020

    32 Count    2 Wall    Absolute Beginner   Music: Things - Billie Jo Spears : (Album: C'est la Vie - iTunes)

Same Kind of Crazy as Me - EZ  Norman Gifford (USA) - October 2020

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Same Kind of Crazy As Me - Scooter Lee

Same Kind of Crazy as Me  Norman Gifford (USA) - September 2020

    48 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: Same Kind of Crazy As Me - Scooter Lee

Crowd My Mind  Norman Gifford (USA) - September 2020

    48 Count    2 Wall    Improver waltz   Music: Crowd My Mind - Brett Eldredge

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